Voguing/Alexander Technique

For the past 1 1/2 years, I’ve fallen in love with voguing and have been studying intensively with Archie Burnett, and more recently Benny Ninja.  This study has run parallel to my own practice of the Alexander Technique.  What I’ve so far discovered is that voguing is an oppositional language – the energy must thrust out and flow back in.  The vertical line must run powerfully from the ground upward through the body.   And you must be connected organically to yourself, and in the moment to how it is you feel about yourself.  It is a freestyle form, guided by your own identity and expression. 

It is also about composing and making decisions. Lining up your intention with what you are doing, so you aren’t lost inside what is happening. It is lining up yourself, inside your environment, to your focus, and your rhythmic sense – simultaneously. It’s having opposition from your center to your arms, and being motivated to move from the ground – with the back in opposition. It isn’t about collapsing – unless that is done intentionally.

Javier Ninja from the legendary House of Ninja demonstrates New Way Vogue.

Cori Olinghouse -choreographer/Alexander Technique teacher, 2009 Movement Research AIR

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